Monday, November 22, 2010

Annual Festive Dinner at Satisfaction Feast

We are once again holding our annual FESTIVE DINNER at Satisfaction Feast, 3559 Robie Street (one block north of Lady Hammond). The date is Saturday, December 4th at 6:30 PM.

This is a three course dinner including: soup as the appetizer, vegetable tofu pot pie, mashed potatoes with gravy and cranberry sauce as the main course, and a choice of their famous truffles, peanut butter balls or carob balls for dessert.

The dinner is vegan adaptable. The cost is $18.00 for the full portion or $15.00 if you choose to order the main course with smaller portions. Tea and coffee included. Other drinks are an additional cost as well as taxes and gratuity. Payment is accepted through cash, debit or credit card.

We welcome both members and non-members to join us. Please note that there is limited seating, so reserve early for this festive vegetarian dinner by email.

Speaker to be announced.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Dinner at Lui's

The next dinner will take place at Lui's Formosa Gift and Tea House located at 278 Wyse Road (corner of Albro Lake Rd.) in Dartmouth, 5:00 pm., Sunday, October 17th. They are usually closed on Sunday, but will open for our dinner, which will begin with a Chinese Tea Ceremony. This is the only completely vegetarian Chinese restaurant in the HRM, so we will have the opportunity to sample their many menu options. The cost is $15, plus tax and gratuity. HAV membership cards will not apply to this special dinner, but Lui's regularly offers members a 10% discount. Space is very limited, so please reserve a place at the dinner as soon as possible.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Dinner at the Mid East

The Mid-East Cafe is welcoming us back on Friday, August 27th at 6 pm. This will be our last event of the summer.

It has been a few years since our previous two dinners at the Mid East. Now with new ownership and a redesigned cafe, our return promises to be a special dinner of the summer. The price is UNBEATABLE, the quality is EXCEPTIONAL, and the atmosphere is INVITING! Don't miss out!!!


Choose any
4 items for $10.00 per person!
1. Grape leaves (rice, oil, spices)
2. Mjadra (lentil, rice, onion)
3. Binjani Rice (Basmati rice, yogurt, eggplant, potato, onion, tomato, spices)
4. Tabouli Salad (Italian parsley, tomato, onion, cracked wheat, oil, spices)
5. Hummus (chick pea, salt, garlic, tahini)
6. Vegetarian Samosa {hot} (stuffing of potato, peas, spices)
7. Cracked wheat with tomato and onion

8. Mus'a'a (eggplant, onion, tomato, potato, chick peas)

* Please note any extra items will cost $2.00

*Please note drinks are an extra cost and the cafe is not licensed for alcoholic beverages.
** Also, CASH ONLY. Neither credit card or debit.

Our speaker will talk about prominent vegetarians of the past.
Everyone is welcome, but please reserve at

Thursday, July 22, 2010


We can now confirm that in keeping with our environmentally focused dinner at the Heartwood next Tuesday -July 27th - at 7 pm, our guest speaker for the evening will be Gretchen Fitzgerald, the Director of the Sierra Club - Atlantic Canada Chapter. Her presentation topic is titled "Eat Your Greens - Vegetarianism and the Green Movement".

The menu includes:

Thai Green Curry with local organic tofu and seasonal veggies, served on organic brown rice
Mango and Green salad using local greens and veggies with fresh cilantro
Local strawberries with a coconut macaroon base served with organic chocolate sauce.
The cost will be $15 with beverages, tax and gratuity being extra (please note that members receive a 10% discount on this dinner).

Everyone is welcome, but if you have not already done so, please reserve at


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Community Garden Fair

HAV will be attending a "Community Garden Fair" hosted by Megan Leslie, MP Halifax.

Sunday, June 20th, from 1pm to 3pm, at the Bloomfield Centre Multipurpose Room, 2786 Agricola Street (corner of Agricola and Almon Streets, across from the Royal Bank).

Look for our booth where we will be handing out free vegan goodies!

Monday, May 03, 2010

HAV Tabling Event

Your HAV Team will be attending this year's Dandelion Festival.

We will have an information booth at the 'Dandelion Festival Celebration' from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm on Saturday, May 8th. The celebration will be held at the George Dixon Center (2501 Gottingen Street, Halifax).

For more information about the fair, please visit:

Spring Luncheon!

Happy Spring!

We are pleased to announce our first luncheon. Please join us in celebrating the arrival of Spring with a lunch served at noon, on Saturday, May 15th, at Humani-T Cafe (5755 Young Street, Halifax).

For $10.95 (plus tax) you'll be treated to a lovely lunch consisting of...

- A panini made on stone ground whole wheat bread: (vegan panini: pan seared tofu slices with pesto, avocado, tomato and lettuce OR
vegetarian panini: tomato & brie with garlic mayo, basil and baby spinach)
- Soup OR salad (two soups and two salads will available to choose from)
- One piece of Swiss dark chocolate (vegan)
- One scoop gelato OR sorbeto (vegan options available)
- Tea OR coffee

Our guest speaker will be Nemat Sobhani, the owner of Super Natural Foods and Humani-T Cafe. He will speak to our group about supplements and in particular he will discuss herbal supplements.

Spaces are limited so please RSVP to

Friday, April 09, 2010

Let's celebrate Earth Day over dinner!

The Halifax Association of Vegetarians (HAV) would like to invite you a dinner in celebration of Earth Day!

Local Source Market (5783 Charles Street, Halifax) will be opening their doors to our group on Saturday, April 24th. They will be serving a vegan/vegetarian and locally-produced dinner, starting at 6:30 pm. The dinner will include tapas/mezza, "family style" salad, main course, and dessert with tea/coffee. The cost is $26 per person (this price includes tax and gratuity). The event is BYOB, so feel free to bring a bottle of wine (better yet, a Nova Scotian and/or organic wine!). Wine glasses will be provided.

In keeping with our environmentally focused dinner, our guest speaker for the evening will be Gretchen Fitzgerald, the Director of the Sierra Club - Atlantic Canada Chapter. Her presentation topic is titled "Eat Your Greens - Vegetarianism and the Green Movement".

Within the environmental community, debate rages on regarding the benefits of vegetarianism/veganism versus being a "locavore" - eating foods grown or raised by local farmers. Many of us have stood in the grocery store debating the benefits of imported soy milk versus organic milk or even locally raised free-range turkey versus tofurky. The issues facing modern environmentalists are the same as those encountered by vegetarians and vegans: adopting a "different" or "constraining" set of ethics in a culture that values consumerism and choice. However, environmentalists definitely do not make the same choices when it comes to their eating habits. This may in part be due to the variety of people in the movement. For example, the origins of environmentalism in the Western world are linked to hunting and fishing traditions (protecting wilderness so their are more animals to hunt) and, to some degree, early scientific endeavors involving collecting specimens to document the diversity of life - the so-called "natural history with a gun." In my experience, some environmentalist do not become vegetarians to avoid the "granola" stereotype or because they feel they have already changed their lifestyles substantially in other ways to protect the Earth. My talk will discuss whether the choice to be vegetarian is always healthier for the planet, and point to options that will eliminate the need for choosing between buying local and being vegetarian/vegan.

This dinner has a limited number of seats, so reserve your spot(s) early! (Email

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Vote Now!

Dear Vegetarians,

The Coast's annual Best of Food reader's poll is now open (until March 29). Don't forget to cast your vote in support of all of your favorite vegetarian eats in Halifax. Let's get some veggie nominations in for all of the categories!

Your Halifax Association of Vegetarians Team

Friday, February 26, 2010

Mexico Lindo Buffet... round 2!

Our buffet scheduled for March 1st is at max capacity! Thanks to all those who RSVP'd early. However, to accommodate all those who still want to indulge in this unique buffet, we've scheduled a second buffet at Mexico Lindo to occur on Monday, March 15th, at 6:30 PM. The menu will be identical to the one included in our last blog post. To save your spot for the second buffet, please email us (

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Mexican food buffet!

HAV is hosting a vegetarian/vegan buffet on Monday, March 1st, at 6:30 PM, at Mexico Lindo (3635 Dutch Village Road).

HAV returns to Mexico Lindo each year because this buffet is fabulous! The buffet break-down is included below. The cost of the buffet (including drink and dessert) is $16.50 (+ tax) per person. If interested, please reserve by email.

Our guest speaker will be Amanda Dainow, a Clinical Herbal Medicine student who will speak to the group about "Natural First Aid for Dogs and Cats" and "Holistic Care for Companion Animals".


In a bed of greens slice mango, pears and pecans. Dressed with Honey.

Creamy soup made with poblano peppers and corn nibbles.

Corn tortilla pockets filled with spinach and cheese. Garnished with salsa and chopped cabbage.

Corn tortilla soaked in tomato salsa and filled with green pepper and corn topped with melted cheese, onion and sour cream.

A cake and a flan together! With or with out milk goat caramel.

VEGAN features of the buffet:


Cooked soy protein mix with tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeno peppers and a zest of lime juice

Rice fried in salsa and diced vegetables

Refried Black beans

Corn tortilla pockets filled with potatoes. Garnished with salsa and chopped cabbage

Corn tortilla soaked in tomato salsa and filled with green pepper and corn.

NOPALITOS (Cactus Salad)
Slice tender cactus mixed with tomato, onion, and cilantro

AGUA FRESCA (House Drink)
Jamaica flavor, made from dry petals of the Hibiscus flower.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Welcome to 2010!

HAV is pleased to announce our first event of the year: a dinner at The Wooden Monkey on Tuesday, January 26th at 6 pm.

Our guest speaker is Geordie Ouchterlony, founder and owner of Home Grown Organic Foods (HGOF). He will speak about eating locally and organically. The Wooden Monkey will provide us with a special menu featuring their vegetarian choices. They were voted the top veg friendly restaurant by readers of the Coast , and many of you have been requesting a dinner at the Wooden Monkey, so we expect it to be popular.

Reserve early via return email.